One month after the Bomb Cyclone

Published: 4/11/2019  12:35 PM
Thank goodness this week’s storm was nowhere near the impact of the one last month. The #BombCyclone that hit us on March 13 made quite an impact on our city. Anyone who has lived in Colorado Springs – even if only for a couple of years – knows to ...

Front Range breaks records

Published: 4/11/2019  9:35 AM
As we integrate more solar energy into our grid in the coming years, some may ask, “How is power generated on cloudy days? Will the community lose power?” To ensure power quality and reliability, our grid operators work tirelessly so that our power ...

Where our water comes from

Published: 4/2/2019  2:53 PM
​If you are like most people, when you turn on the tap to wash your hands, brush your teeth or wash dishes, you never give a second thought to where that water just came from. You never think about the journey those hydrogen and oxygen molecules too ...

Meet some of the dedicated workers who bring us our drinking water

Published: 3/29/2019  8:51 AM
​When you think of dangerous jobs, you probably think of steel workers, roofers, truck drivers, pilots or construction workers. You probably don’t think of employees who work at a water pumping station. But as I discovered first-hand last week, the ...

Largest lineworkers rodeo ever comes to Colorado Springs on March 30

Published: 3/28/2019  9:30 AM
In what is estimated to be the largest national event of its kind, the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Lineworkers Rodeo is coming to Colorado Springs on Saturday, March 30. The event is estimated to bring in more than $1 million to the l ...

Continuing shift to renewables, adding storage

Published: 3/20/2019  3:45 PM
We are finalizing negotiations and, in the coming months, will award a contract for 150 megawatts of new solar generation plus a 25-megawatt battery storage system by the end of 2023. At this time, it is the largest energy storage facility announced ...

Five tips for spring landscape cleanup

Published: 3/20/2019  1:13 PM
​As winter draws to a close, your landscape is beginning to wake up. Even though your plants still look dormant, March is a wonderful time to pull on your gardening gloves and start tackling several yard care tasks. If you do these five things in th ...

APPA Lineworkers Rodeo just one of many ways employee volunteers donate their time to the community

Published: 3/20/2019  9:15 AM
​As more than a thousand competitors and spectators converge on Colorado Springs for the American Public Power Association’s Lineworkers Rodeo on March 30, 115 Colorado Springs Utilities employee volunteers will be working behind the scenes to make ...

From bomb cyclones to rodeo competitions, lineworkers embrace safety, efficiency

Published: 3/19/2019  6:23 PM
​The American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Lineworkers Rodeo is the Olympics of electric linemen – the ultimate test of skill in the profession. Colorado Springs is fortunate to host this year’s event March 29-30. On the heels of the March 12 ...

Lineworkers Rodeo just the beginning for 115 power poles

Published: 3/6/2019  1:57 PM
​On March 30, Colorado Springs will host the American Public Power Association’s Lineworkers Rodeo. The event – which will take place at the Rock Ledge Ranch – will bring in more than 78 lineworker teams, 125 lineworker apprentices, 400 total compet ...

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Sledding with bear cubs   

  by  Ellen T.  on  1/22/2019

​Soft, sleepy groans come from a sedated bear cub. He's on a sled in the snow, being pulled along like a child in a snowsuit, except his snowsuit is all fur and blubber.

He is an orphaned black bear cub, one of eight that were rehabilitated over the last year after losing their mothers. The mother bears' stories are sad, but luckily their cubs get another chance at living in the wild.

Through a partnership with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), we found remote locations on our watershed to build new dens for these cubs. They were transported from Wet Mountain Wildlife Rehabilitation to these undisclosed locations on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

After carefully unloading the cubs from a trailer onto sleds, CPW officers and volunteers pulled the cubs into the snowy forest to their new, man-made dens. Officers carefully un-tied their paws and took covers off their eyes, transferred them to smaller sleds, and pushed them into the den. The officers crawled in after them, making sure to position them comfortably to ensure breathing and maximum snuggling.

The hope is that when the bears awaken in a warm, dark, den they will continue to hibernate until spring. We hate to say it because they are so cute, but we hope to never see these bears again. We hope they wake up in the spring, ready to spend the rest of their lives in the wilderness, away from the troubles that come with humans and urban life.

We are privileged to live in this beautiful place, and we each must do our part to protect it. As your community-owned utility, we strive to protect the environment and wildlife that make Colorado Springs an amazing place to live. Long term partnerships with organizations like CPW, the parks service and others help all of us work together to preserve Colorado's beauty.

We're happy to have these cubs on our property. We wish them the very best.










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This is a great story! Glad to see that we are assisting with protecting the wildlife! Good job!

Thursday, January 24, 2019  12:19 PM  Jonathan